Green Arrow/Black Canary: Road to the Altar
Writers: Tony Bedard and J. Torres
Distributed By: DC Comics
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
So, when Black Canary left the Birds of Prey, I was a tad disappointed. After all, Black Canary is one of my favorite comic book heroines, besides Barbara Gordon, and one of the main reasons I began reading the comic book in the first place. But, how could I begrudge my favorite character a chance at a normal life…one that I knew was never going to happen and could possibly spark a whole new comic book series featuring the Black Canary. Boy, was I ever onto something there – lo and behold, a new series was born, with Black Canary making an attempt at motherhood while still trying to figure out her relationship with Green Arrow and getting sucked into working once again with the Justice League. One day, I sauntered into the graphic novels section of Barnes and Noble and discovered a new trade paperback – Green Arrow and Black Canary: Road to the Altar. You just know I had to buy it.
Green Arrow and Black Canary: Road to the Altar is a compilation of Green Arrow #75, Birds of Prey #109, Black Canary #1-4 and Black Canary: Wedding Special #1. It all begins as Oliver Queen (AKA: Green Arrow) asks Dinah Lance (AKA: Black Canary) to marry him. Having just recently left the Birds of Prey, Dinah is mainly focused on making a new life for her adopted daughter Sin. The poor girl was being trained to be the successor to Lady Shiva when Dinah found her and all Dinah cares about right now is giving Sin a chance at a real life. Unfortunately, old enemies are dead set against allowing this to happen. The League of Assassins is none to happy that their trainee has been kept from what they see as her destiny and are determined to return her to her assassin training. Throughout this drama, Dinah struggles with her mixed feelings about Oliver, thinking back to his past indiscretions and wondering if she can ever truly trust him again.
Green Arrow and Black Canary: Road to the Altar was a rather enjoyable trade paperback. I have always loved seeing Black Canary and Green Arrow together. To me, they are the perfect couple and I was happy that DC finally decided that these two belonged back together. The storyline was terrific as we see Dinah struggling to make the right decisions for both herself and her adopted daughter. Whereas Black Canary has been known to be reckless at times, Dinah has to be cautious in her new life as her decisions no longer affect just her life. It was also nice to see a more mature Green Arrow, still as brash as ever, but a lot less selfish. I also thoroughly enjoyed the Wedding Special segment as Dinah realizes that planning a wedding isn’t as simple as fighting crime. Most of the artwork was terrific in Green Arrow and Black Canary: Road to the Altar, with the exception of the Wedding Special – Oliver most certainly did not look himself in this segment.
All-in-all, Green Arrow and Black Canary: Road to the Altar, was a fun read and a nice way to whet my appetite for future stories featuring Black Canary and Green Arrow. I can’t wait for the next trade paperback to hit the stands!